The leader of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom insisted the European Union is seeking to “make an example” of the UK to avoid other member states starting withdrawal procedures. Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU have been logjammed as Brussels refuses to back down on the inclusion of a backstop in the withdrawal agreement with Britain. But Mr Wilders suggested the hard stance the bloc adopted was inspired by their concern the UK quitting the bloc could kickstart other departures.
Speaking to CNBC, the Dutch MP said: “The European Union really does not want one of the children to leave the house, they do not want that.
“They are afraid, if they allow it, maybe another country would follow – maybe Italy, Holland, France.
“Whatever country could think it might not be such a bad a idea with Trump saying we will have a lot of trade agreements.”
Mr Wilders suggested the British Government contributed to the current “mess” but claimed Brussels sought to “disincentivise” other member states from considering leaving the EU.
Despite top Eurocrats insisting they want to strike a deal with the UK, the Dutch politician suggested the bloc has not tried to get a “good” agreement.
He continued: “From the European part – I’m sure the British made a mess, I’m very clear about it – there was no incentive to get a good deal.
“They wanted to make an example of the UK to any country in Europe that if you try to do that, it will be a mess – so a big disincentive to leave the European Union.
“People are afraid, in my country and other countries and, if you look at the polls, the number of people who want to leave the European Union is at the lowest point in five years time.”
But asked whether Brexit marked “the end” of the threat of collapsing Brussels has been facing due to growing euroscepticism across the European Union, Mr Wilders said “no.”
He added: “No, it’s not the end.
“Today, with Brexit, it might not be the most convincing time but I still believe you can work together, you can trade together, you can even have an internal market together but you should not need a political union.”
Boris Johnson urged Brussels to give in to demands to remove the backstop from the withdrawal agreement over concerns the clause could be used to keep the UK closely aligned to the single market and the customs union.
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Mr Johnson maintained negotiations have “progressed” with the EU and he is planning to get a deal with the bloc at the next EU Summit scheduled for October 17.
The Prime Minister said he is wants to see Brexit delivered “come what may” but his strong language sparked backlash among opposition parties and Tory Remainers.
MPs last week secured a victory against the Government by getting through the Commons a new bill aimed at forcing Mr Johnson to request a new extension until January 2020.
The Queen gave her assent to the bill on Monday, shortly before Parliament again rejected calls from Mr Johnson to hold a snap election to strengthen his mandate to deliver Brexit.
Also on Monday, Parliament officially shut down until October 14 after the Prime Minister last month requested permission to prorogue the session to prepare for a new Queen’s Speech in mid-October.
The leader of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom insisted the European Union is seeking to “make an example” of the UK to avoid other member states starting withdrawal procedures. Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU have been logjammed as Brussels refuses to back down on the inclusion of a backstop in the withdrawal agreement with Britain.
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